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Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories
by John Klima , Hal Duncan , Anna Tambour , Tim Pratt , Elizabeth Hand , Alan DeNiro (Goodreads Author) , Matthew Cheney , Jay Caselberg (Goodreads Author) , more…Paolo Bacigalupi (Goodreads Author) , Jay Lake , Leslie What (Goodreads Author) , Neil Williamson (Goodreads Author) , Liz Williams , Theodora Goss (Goodreads Author) , Jeff VanderMeer (Goodreads Author) , David Prill , Clare Dudman , Alex Irvine , Marly Youmans (Goodreads Author) , Michael Moorcock , Daniel Abraham , Michelle Richmond (Goodreads Author) …less
For most of us, these prizewinning spelling bee words would be difficult to pronounce, let alone spell. We asked twenty-one of today’s most talented and inventive writers to go even further and pen an original tale inspired by one of dozens of obscure and fascinating championship words. The result is Logorrhea–a veritable dictionary of the weird, the fantastic, the hauntin ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Spectra
(first published January 1st 2007)
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I enjoyed this a lot. The premise is very cool - each story was inspired by a word that was the winning word in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in recent years. I don't know if it was because of the oddness of the words, or if it's just the types of things these authors write, but the stories were really strange and wonderful -- exactly what I like to see in short stories. The kind of thing where sometimes you're not sure if you know what's going on, and you have to piece it together as you re ...more
This was a very pleasant book for the word nerds out there. Each short story is focused around one of the final words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee from the preceding 2 decades. A few of the stories fizzled, but that was more than made up for by the romping good ones. This is definitely worth picking up if you appreciate a well wrought story or have ever found yourself looking up the etymology of an obscure word so you could really get at its' meaning.
|What's The Name o...: SOLVED: short story about a man who offs his wife, delusional, puts her in bathtub [s]||15||60||Oct 01, 2014 05:49AM|